Mollington Races – Saturday 9th April 2016
With the Point to Point season well and truly under way, the first of the Mollington Race Meets home to the Warwickshire Hunt Point-to-Point, took place last Saturday near Banbury. Mollington racecourse is an undulating track with four long extensive bends, and a tough uphill finish providing a real test for the competitors. Mollington Races have a good reputation for attracting quality fields, and thus making the racing really exciting! Days before the meet Clerk of the Course, Ken Hutsby, reported that the course was in excellent condition and that the going was Good to Soft. This year’s meet didn’t disappoint, with six point to point races and a huge screen displaying the ever legendary Grand National at Aintree, the day was fun filled and exhilarating!
William Powell’s Kristian Gray, owned by Mark & Christine Osborne and ridden by Mr Hugh Nugent, ran really well in the competitive Intermediate Race considering the soft ground conditions. The race was remarkably concluded as a Dead Heat finish for Squirrel Esquire ridden by Mr James Martin, and Minerfortyniner jockeyed by Mr David Maxwell. Kristian Grey followed suit into a well-earned third place.
William Powell were also proud to sponsor the third race of the afternoon, The William Powell Ladies Open, whereby a field of five undertook the arduous course. The deserved winner was the classy eight year old mare, Dabinett Moon, ridden by Claire Hart and owned, trained and bred by Christopher and Fran Marriott locally at Chipping Norton.
Mollington Racecourse will open its gates again on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May 2016. The meet will be composed of seven point to point races and a parade of hounds in the main ring. There will be a variety of trade stands, a bar, refreshments, children’s attractions and you can place your bets with the bookmakers. A fantastic day out for the whole family, including the dog, with many choosing to picnic if the sun shines; and don’t forget, children go free under the age of 16!
For more information visit: http://mollingtonhorseraces.co.uk/